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NFL Week 2 Injury Report: Key fantasy and DFS takeaways

Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitchell Layton-USA TODAY Sports

A player's injury status can have a significant effect on both real life and fantasy football. So, each week, PFF injury analyst Mario Pilato will comb through the official injury reports for each NFL game and give updates and analysis for fantasy-relevant players.

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KEY
DNP: Did not participate in practice
LP: Limited participation in practice
FP: Full participation
(-): Not listed
OUT: Player will not play
D: Player is unlikely to play
Q: Player is not certain to play
Rest: Not injury-related or resting veteran

Sunday, Sept. 18

Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore Ravens

Player Team Pos Injury Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
J.K. Dobbins BLT RB Knee FP FP FP Q
James Proche BLT WR Groin LP DNP DNP D
Patrick Ricard BLT FB Calf DNP DNP LP Q
Nick Boyle BLT TE Rest (-) DNP (-) (-)
Salvon Ahmed MIA RB Heel DNP LP (-)
Cethan Carter MIA TE Concussion DNP DNP (-)
Ced Wilson MIA WR Toe DNP LP (-)
Tanner Conner MIA TE Knee LP LP (-)

Injury Analysis: Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins was a full participant in practice for the first time this season. He is close to return but will not play this week. I expect him to make his return from his multi-ligament injury in Week 3.

New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns

Player Team Pos Injury Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Braxton Berrios NYJ WR Heel LP FP FP Q
C.J. Uzomah NYJ TE Hamstring (-) LP DNP D
Amari Cooper CLV WR Rest DNP FP FP (-)
Mike Woods CLV WR Illness DNP FP FP (-)
David Njoku CLV TE Personal DNP FP (-)

Injury Analysis: Braxton Berrios is dealing with a heel injury but was able to log two full practices in a row. I expect him to be ready for Week 2.

C.J. Uzomah is battling a hamstring injury and registered a DNP on Friday and is unlikely to play in Week 2.

QB Zach Wilson suffered a bone bruise and meniscal tear in New York's first preseason game. He was seen getting some work in at practice this week, but I believe he is a couple of weeks away from returning.

Washington Commanders @ Detroit Lions

Player Team Pos Injury Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
D'Andre Swift DET RB Ankle DNP DNP LP Q
Cole Turner WAS TE Hamstring FP FP (-)

Injury Analysis: D'Andre Swift sprained his ankle during the second quarter last week. He logged two DNPs in a row but was able to get a limited practice on Friday. Swift has said he is fine, so I expect him to play in Week 2.

Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Player Position Injury Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri Status Game Status

Alec Pierce

WR Concussion DNP LP DNP Out

Michael Pittman

WR Quad LP DNP DNP Out

Injury Analysis: Michael Pittman has been ruled out due to a quad injury. A Grade 1 injury of this kind often takes one to three weeks.

Alec Pierce did not make it through the concussion protocol in time to play this week. I expect him back for Week 3.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints

Player Team Pos Injury Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Mike Evans TB WR Calf LP DNP LP Q
Leonard Fournette TB RB Hamstring LP LP LP Q
Russell Gage TB WR Hamstring DNP LP LP Q
Chris Godwin TB WR Hamstring DNP DNP DNP OUT
Julio Jones TB WR Knee DNP DNP LP Q
Breshad Perriman TB WR Knee LP LP LP Q
Alvin Kamara NO RB Rib LP DNP DNP Q
Tre'Quan Smith NO WR Shoulder LP LP LP Q
Dwayne Washington NO RB Hamstring LP LP LP Q
Mark Ingram NO RB Ankle LP LP LP Q

Injury Analysis: Mike Evans is dealing with a minor calf injury. I expect him to play in Week 2 without limitations.

RB Leonard Fournette, WR Russell Gage and WR Chris Godwin have hamstring injuries. I expect Fournette and Gage to play in Week 2. Godwin has been ruled out, and I expect him to miss two to three weeks.

WR Breshad Perriman and WR Julio Jones have suffered knee injuries. I expect Perriman to play but Julio is truly a game-time decision.

RB Alvin Kamara has logged two straight DNPs and is questionable with a rib injury. There is a very real chance Kamara misses this week, and RB Mark Ingram who is questionable with an ankle injury is likely to play.

Carolina Panthers @ New York Giants

Player Team Pos Injury Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Shi Smith CAR WR Groin DNP Q
Wan'Dale Robinson NYG WR Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
Kadarius Toney NYG WR Hamstring LP LP Q

Injury Analysis: Panthers WR Shi Smith logged a DNP with a groin injury on Friday, and I am not optimistic he plays in Week 2.

WR Wan'Dale Robinson has been ruled out with a knee injury. I expect him to miss multiple weeks. WR Kararius Toney was limited at practice with a hamstring injury. I believe he will give it a go in Week 2.

New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Player Team Pos Injury Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Pierre Strong NE RB Shoulder LP LP LP Q
Najee Harris PIT RB Foot LP FP FP (-)

Injury Analysis: Najee Harris avoided major injury. He will play in Week 2, but there is a risk of him reaggravating his injury.

Atlanta Falcons @ Los Angeles Rams

Player Team Pos Injury Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Van Jefferson LAR WR Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
Damien Williams ATL RB Rib DNP DNP DNP OUT

Injury Analysis: WR Van Jefferson has been ruled out for the second week in a row with a knee injury. I believe he is weeks away.

RB Damien Williams has been ruled out with a rib injury he suffered in Week 1. He will not miss significant time, likely a week or two.

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers

Player Team Pos Injury Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Kenneth Walker III SEA RB Hernia FP LP FP (-)
George Kittle SF TE Groin DNP DNP LP (-)

Injury Analysis: RB Kenneth Walker III will make his rookie debut after dealing with a hernia.

TE George Kittle has been battling a groin injury. He will miss his second straight week. Grade 1 RTP 2-3 weeks, has a good shot at returning in Week 3.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Dallas Cowboys

Player Team Pos Injury Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Trent Taylor CIN WR Hamstring DNP LP LP (-)
Devin Asiasi CIN TE Quad LP LP LP Q
Hayden Hurst CIN TE Groin FP FP FP (-)
Tee Higgins CIN WR Wednesday: Concussion; Thursday: Personal Matter LP DNP FP Q
Michael Gallup DAL WR Knee LP LP (-)

Injury Analysis: WR Tee Higgins has progressed through the concussion protocol, and I expect him to play in Week 2.

QB Dak Prescott is out for six to eight weeks due to a fracture on his hand. Wideout Michael Gallup has been ruled out of Week 2 as he continues to recover from his ACL tear. I expect Gallup to be a week away from returning.

Houston Texans @ Denver Broncos

Player Team Pos Injury Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Brevin Jordan HST TE Ankle LP DNP LP Q
KJ Hamler DEN WR Knee/Hip DNP DNP DNP OUT

Injury Analysis: Broncos WR KJ Hamler has been ruled out of Week 2 with a knee/hip injury. His body likely did not respond well to the game and aggravated his injury from last season.

Arizona Cardinals @ Las Vegas Raiders

Player Team Pos Injury Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Andy Isabella ARZ WR Back DNP DNP OUT
Rondale Moore ARZ WR Hamstring DNP DNP OUT
Brandon Bolden LV RB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP D

Injury Analysis: Andy Isabella will miss Week 2 with a back injury. I do not believe he will miss significant time. WR Rondale Moore is missing his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury, and I believe he is another week or two away from returning.

Brandon Bolden was a DNP all week due to a hamstring issue. I do not expect him to play. I believe he is dealing with a Grade 1 strain, RTP one to three weeks.

Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers

Player Team Pos Injury Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Velus Jones CHI WR Hamstring LP DNP DNP D
Khari Blasingame CHI RB Personal DNP FP (-)
Allen Lazard GB WR Ankle LP LP LP Q
Marcedes Lewis GB TE NIR – Vet Rest (-) DNP FP (-)

Injury Analysis: Bears WR Velus Jones will not make his rookie debut this week as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. I believe he has a shot at returning next week.

WR Allen Lazard was a limited participant all week with an ankle injury. I am optimistic he makes his season debut this week.

Monday, Sept. 19

Tennessee Titans @ Buffalo Bills

Player Team Position Injury Thu. Fri. Sat. Status
Dontrell Hilliard TEN RB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Kyle Philips TEN WR Shoulder DNP LP LP Questionable
Gabe Davis BUF WR Ankle LP Questionable
Stefon Diggs BUF WR Vet Rest LP
Quintin Morris BUF TE Hamstring FP FP FP

Injury Analysis: Bills WR Gabe Davis was a late add to the injury report Saturday with an ankle injury. It is never a good sign to be added this late in the week. I have serious concerns about him playing Monday night.

Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles

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